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EC Membership and the Judicialization of British Politics$
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Danny Nicol

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247790

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247790.001.0001

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The Passage of the European Communities Bill

The Passage of the European Communities Bill

(p.76) 4 The Passage of the European Communities Bill
EC Membership and the Judicialization of British Politics

Danny Nicol

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the scrutiny which MPs and peers accorded the European Communities Bill 1972. Sections 2(1), 2(4), and 3(1) of the Bill clearly aimed to import the ECJ's two doctrines into domestic law. All in all, the House of Commons spent 181.5 hours considering the Bill. The debate, and the Committee proceedings in particular, would have provided ample opportunity for MPs to dwell on the immutability or otherwise of parliamentary sovereignty.

Keywords:   MPs, European Communities Bill, ECJ, parliamentary sovereignty

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